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Using SICK EFI gateways to keep connected when integrated interface is missing

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SICK’s Enhanced Function Interface (EFI) enables direct safety-capable communication of sensors and controllers between each other. Using the EFI gateways makes it possible to utilise EFI for fieldbus and network integration when no fieldbus interface is integrated.

Integrate intelligent safety sensors from SICK into fieldbus and Ethernet interfaces
The EFI gateways permit replacement of a configurable process image between the EFI sensors and the higher-level PLC. Thus, one can carry out diagnoses conveniently at a central location and eliminate errors quickly and specifically - reducing downtimes and optimizing plant availability.

The EFI gateways feature two interfaces for connecting two safety sensors from SICK. This method allows effortless integration of safety solutions into a standard and safe PLC or, respectively, into an already existing network. This type of connection means all of the common network standards are supported, including, among others, Ethernet, CANopen, PROFIBUS, PROFIBUS PROFIsafe, and PROFINET PROFIsafe. The EFI gateways are configured by means of the CDS configuration software and provides all configuration and diagnostic data.

EFI gateways are the solution for integrating intelligent safety sensors from SICK into the world of field busses and networks.

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